Bank robbery suspect extradited to Clark County

Portland man held on $200, 000 bail

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Portland man accused of robbing an Umpqua Bank branch on Friday has been extradited to Clark County.

Dale A. Roane, 48, appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree robbery. Another suspect in the robbery — Brenda L. Westberg, 47, of Portland — is awaiting extradition to Clark County, said Deputy Prosecutor Rebecca Warren. She is accused of being the getaway driver.

Judge Suzan Clark held Roane in lieu of $200,000 bail and appointed Vancouver attorney Chris Ramsey to defend him. Roane is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Friday.

Roane allegedly donned a blond wig, a brown mustache and sunglasses and entered the bank, 6501 E. Mill Plain Blvd., at 3:17 p.m. Friday. He allegedly cut in line at the teller’s counter by shoving a customer in front of him out of the way. He then ordered a female teller to fill a bag with money, emphasizing his demands by pounding on the counter with his hand.

“The suspect kept his other hand in the pocket of his sweatshirt, holding it in a manner that convinced (the teller) he was in possession of a gun,” Vancouver police Detective John Ringo wrote in a court affidavit.

The suspect then approached the work station of another female teller, slammed his hand on top of a counter and demanded money, Ringo wrote. Both tellers complied with his demands.

Witnesses outside the bank saw the suspect flee in a blue-gray Honda Accord with Oregon license plates. The plates were traced to Westberg’s address in North Portland.

Portland Police Bureau officers contacted the two outside their home, and later arrested them.

Roane declined to give a statement to investigators.

According to court documents Westberg confessed that she knew about Roane’s plan when she drove him to Vancouver and waited for him in a Safeway parking lot near the bank, according to court papers. A large amount of U.S. currency inside a gray plastic bag was found inside her purse, court papers say.